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Hungary will increase its number of troops serving in NATO missions by one-third, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said after a meeting with his NATO counterparts in Brussels.
Szijjártó told reporters that Hungary will increase the number of its troops combatting terror in Afghanistan from 100 to 170. An additional 100 soldiers will be sent to Kosovo, raising the headcount of Hungarian troops there to 500, he said, arguing that security in the Western Balkan region was crucial for Hungary and Europe as a whole. Overall, Hungary will be raising its number of soldiers serving in NATO missions from 499 to 669, he added. Szijjártó said Hungary has already fulfilled its commitment to allocate 20% of its defence budget to developments by 2024, noting that 23.48% of this year’s defence funds were being spent on military developments. He added that Hungary would raise its defence spending to 2% of GDP by the 2024 deadline at the latest.
On another subject, he said Hungary, Slovenia and Greece had all underlined the links between terrorism and migration at the meeting. Terrorist organisations are forcing masses of people to leave their homes while unregulated migration waves give terrorists the chance to cross borders unchecked, Szijjártó argued.